Financial backing for Lincolnshire teen tycoons

Teen tycoons (L-R): Dominic Merlot and Joshua Leuty of Purple Pigs, Ryan Lacey of Afro Muffin and Aimee Morley of DreamKatcher and (front) consultant to the young traders, Joseph Hayat

Teenage entrepreneurs from Lincoln have won financial backing for their business ideas thanks to help from the Brilliant Lincolnshire Young Trader project.

Exciting businesses, DreamKatcher and Afro Muffin, have been given a helping hand and it is hoped that more young people will be given financial support for their enterprises in the coming weeks.

Aimee Morley and Karmen Goodwin, who attend Sir Robert Pattinson Academy in North Hykeham are developing a photographic enterprise, DreamKatcher, offering portrait, social and landscape photography, after putting their £200 cheque towards camera equipment.

Ryan Lacey of Lincoln has been given £150 to help buy the essentials for his muffin-making venture, Affro Muffin.

The bursaries are part of a Lincolnshire County Council initiative which is being managed by the Lincolnshire and Rutland Education Business Partnerships.

At their own Business Club in Lincoln, the young entrepreneurs get the opportunity to share ideas with like-minded teenagers from across the county and receive support from mentors.

Some of the other ideas from across the county are from Joshua Leuty and Dominc Merlot from Spalding with their business, Purple Pigs, making bird tables, boxes and feeders, and Natalie Coe from Spilsby and her business, Catering for Your Occasion.

Charlotte Stanley and Laura Parkin from East Lindsey have set up Brilliant Difference charity, which aims to help young people with learning disabilities.

Further to the cash bursary the EBP support gives the new businesses an opportunity to showcase their products and services at this year’s Lincolnshire Show.